Forgetting Children Born of War

Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond

R. Charli Carpenter

Columbia University Press

Forgetting Children Born of War

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Pub Date: May 2010

ISBN: 9780231151306

304 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $55.00£45.95

Pub Date: May 2010

ISBN: 9780231522304

304 Pages

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Forgetting Children Born of War

Setting the Human Rights Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond

R. Charli Carpenter

Columbia University Press

Sexual violence and exploitation occur in many conflict zones, and the children born of such acts face discrimination, stigma, and infanticide. Yet the massive transnational network of organizations working to protect war-affected children has, for two decades, remained curiously silent on the needs of this vulnerable population.

Focusing specifically on the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina, R. Charli Carpenter questions the framing of atrocity by human rights organizations and the limitations these narratives impose on their response. She finds that human rights groups set their agendas according to certain grievances-the claims of female rape victims or the complaints of aggrieved minorities, for example-and that these concerns can overshadow the needs of others. Incorporating her research into a host of other conflict zones, Carpenter shows that the social construction of rights claims is contingent upon the social construction of wrongs. According to Carpenter, this pathology prevents the full protection of children born of war.
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About the Author

R. Charli Carpenter is assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, specializing in international relations, gender and political violence, transnational advocacy networks, human rights, and the laws of war. She is the author of Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms, and the Protection of Civilians and editor of Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones. Her blog posts can be read at Duck Of Minerva, Current Intelligence, and Lawyers, Guns, and Money.